For nearly a year we searched for the perfect home in Del Norte County and ended up buying “Casa Progressa,” as Rick likes to call it. It’s the four-bedroom fixer-upper that’s our over-sized work in progress.
We preferred a smaller home. The three rambling guest rooms rarely get used. But last weekend I was grateful we could comfortably accommodate all my children and their significant others when they came to visit.
Recently my grandmothers have been on my mind. My father’s mother lived her entire 90-plus years in a village on the Adriatic Coast. She had two sons who each had three children.
My father had immigrated to the United States and was a widower with two children when he married my mom. Did he write a letter home — a letter that would take about two weeks to arrive — on the lined tablet he used with his Schaeffer fountain pen to announce that he and my mother were expecting?